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Let’s play: Indoor winter fun at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley The library is a great place to visit in the winter! No really, it’s true! Every week, we have Play & Learn Storytimes for families with children ages 0–5. For older kids, we have regularly scheduled LEGO Clubs, STEM programs, and other activities. And even when we don’t have a formal program […]

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Calling all kids: Explore electricity, demystify technology, and construct LEGO creations

Posted in News on January 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

IT’S ELECTRIC Explore Electricity with Snap CircuitsExplore electrical engineering concepts, like short and parallel circuits, with Snap Circuits! Together we’ll build things that chime, light up, spin, and use alternative energy. For ages 8+ Sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand Fund MEDICAL LAKEWednesday, Feb 6, 3:30–5pm CHENEYThursday, Feb 14, […]

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Preschoolers get ready for school with STEM kits from the library

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Keep your preschoolers busy this summer with hands-on activities that encourage playful learning while exploring STEM concepts and reading. Preschoolers will find lots to discover with their parents and caregivers, using our new Ready for School with STEM kits. Spokane County Library District in partnership with the Inland North […]

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Library of Things: Check out more than books at the library!

Posted in News on January 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

Of course, you probably already know you can check out music, movies, magazines, and audiobooks at the library. But did you know we have telescopes, educational toys, and tools for check out? Over the last few years, the Library District has been adding more and more non-book items to our collection to help our customers […]

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Block play and kindergarten readiness

Posted in Parents and Teachers on June 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks This article is second in a 2-part series. The first article is 7 stages of block play: Building and early learning. As a librarian my go-to choice for baby gifts has always been books. The more books you have around your house and the more you read to children, the more likely it is […]

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7 stages of block play: Building and early learning

Posted in Parents and Teachers on June 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Blocks! Kids love them and parents love them. Most preschool classrooms and child care centers have blocks. Building programs seem to be everywhere. In fact, we’re having a week full of block and building activities at our storytimes this summer. You may be thinking, “Great! But why!?” My answer would be […]

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